Many watch movements are quartz, or battery powered. To put it very simply, here’s how quartz watches work:
1. The battery gives power to a circuit
2. The circuit vibrates a piece of quartz shaped like a tuning fork
3. The quarts sends the vibrations back into the circuit
4. The circuit powers a series of gears that move the hands on the watch
There is a lot more engineering and science that goes into quartz watch movements, like why the quartz vibrates and the exact series of gears, but that’s the watered down version.
When quartz watches stop working, the first step is to check the battery and put in a new battery. If the battery doesn’t make the watch tick, then the watch most likely needs a new movement. The easiest repair for this is to just replace the entire movement. In some cases, the watch hands may be stuck and fixing them will make the watch continue ticking, but watch hands being stuck usually results in the gears overworking and being stripped, requiring replacing the movement anyway.
If you need help with fixing your watch, trust a professional.
Times Ticking has been in operation for more than 30 years, since 1982. We have performed watch repair for customers both locally and internationally. If it Ticks! We KNOW it! Our team of watch repair technicians have a combined experience in watchmaking of over 120 years.